Ordonez to Cabrera: 'act like a superstar'
Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:19 pm
When Miguel Cabrera shows up in Tigers camp following his drunk-driving arrest, he'll find a sympathetic -- but frank -- confidant in countryman and friend Magglio Ordonez.
"Miguel is the franchise player of this team," Ordonez told MLB.com on Friday. "He understands that they're building the team around him, and he needs to put everything together. He's a superstar and he needs to act like a superstar and he needs to work hard."
Ordonez and Cabrera worked out together for much of the offseason in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but Ordonez said he had no insight into the personal life of his younger teammate.
"Miguel's a really nice guy," Ordonez said. "I don't know his personal life. I don't know if he has problems, but I know he's a good guy and he's a great teammate and he's a very nice person. Like I said, hopefully he can get himself together and be ready to play baseball.
"I'm going to support him because he needs support. He's also my friend, so when he gets here, I'm going to talk to him and I'm going to support him."
-- David Andriesen